Saturday’s NHSCA Local Results

(results as generated from handwritten PDFs and transmitted to Matmen)

NHSCA National Duals
Saturday’s Local Results

Pool 45
Roar 68, JEWA 3
106: Jordan Wellington (R) p. Hunter VanVactor. 113: Jake Eckerle (R) p. Kalean Francios. 120: Gavin Damasco (R) p. Jason Schwartz. 126: Preston Maucere (R) md. Chris Dalmau. 132: Logan Scioto (R) p. Tyler Merrell. 138: Raymond Cross (R) md. Saeid Ejmali. 145: Ryan Burgbacher (R) p. Richard Warren. 152: Kyle Mosher (R) tf. Bryce Williams. 160: Mitchell Thompson (R) tf. Dustin Tollison. 170: Donovan McElligot (R) p. Raynarde Thomas. 182: James Langan (R) tf. Leonardo Alonzo (JEWA). 195: Jose Valdez (JEWA) d. Sam Wilkins. 220: Maguire Horl (R) p. Christopher Telusma. 285: Sam Khodaparst (R) d. Jamon Goodwine.

Young Guns Orange 50, JEWA 15
106: Charlie Farmer (YGO) d. Francios. 113: Keaton Zeimet (YGO) p. Gabriel Burch. 120: Ethan Doty (YGO) md. Schwartz. 126: Noah Schnerre (YGO) d. Chris Dalmau. 132: Hunter Gregoris (JEWA) md. Isaac Martinez.  138: Caleb Morris (YGO) d. Ejmali. 145: Jack Patting (YGO) p. Warren. 152: Damian Petersen (YGO) p. Vincente Waugh. 160: Bam Crigger (YGO) p. Tollison. 170: Jayden Terronez (YGO) p. Thomas. 182: Steve Speaker (YGO) md. Alonzo. 195: Valdez (JEWA) tf. Cayden Taflinger. 220: Telusma (JEWA) fft. 285: Billy Blaser (YGO) d. Goodwine.

Sepa Black 42, JEWA 24
106: Tyler Smith (SB) p. VanVactor. 113: Travis Kotelnicki (SB) p. Francios. 120: Kevin Baker (SB) d. Schwartz. 126: Ryan Bollentino (SB) p. Merrell. 132: Cody Walsh (SB) p. Dalmau. 138: Gregoris (JEWA) p. Tommy Woloshyn. 145: Justin Venzina (SB) fft. 152: Williams (JEWA) fft. 160: Azeem Bell (SB) d. Tollison. 170: Thomas (JEWA) d. Gunner Spain. 182: Anthony Giampietro (SB) d. Alonzo. 195: Valdez (JEWA) fft. 220: Telusma (JEWA) d. Rivera. 285: Goodwine (JEWA) p. Ben Someville.

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The Season 2017-18: St. Augustine

Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2017-18).” Your donation dollars at work, folks.

This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry (our own Lady Matmen is making the random selections the rest of the way), our next installment in the series is St. Augustine, the fifth of seven teams in 2A-District 4.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals this summer.

ST AUGUSTINE

You can see everything I have on the Yellow Jackets in 2017-18 here –>  ST AUGUSTINE

Win/loss record: 5-27 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Yellow Jackets’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: St. Augustine opened the season with a road dual loss to Flagler Palm Coast, and a younger Yellow Jacket side took a lot of lumps at Fleming Island’s Keystone Invitational two-day tournament, finishing 18th there. Until the end of January, the Jackets would participate in duals only, starting with a 1-4 effort at Fletcher’s Preudhomme Duals. Their win there, over Englewood, would be the last dual win until January 9, as they faced strong competition at first the inaugural 2A-District 4 duals tournament in mid-December and then again at the St Johns River Conference tournament just before Christmas, and finally at Creekside’s Midway 6-Way to kick off 2018. The 9th, though, saw St. Augustine take dual wins over Keystone Heights and FSDB, and the Yellow Jackets would add another dual win over Palatka on the 17th, at a quad meet at Orange Park. After a tight loss to District 4 rivals Ponte Vedra, St. Augustine finished 24th at the Flagler Rotary IBT to close out January, with dual losses to crosstown Pedro Menendez twice in February to finish off the regular season. St. Augustine took fifth at the 2A-District 4 traditional tournament and had a solid midpack effort at Region 1 (16th), with two state qualifiers. The Yellow Jackets will have a solid group of returners, but will need to gain experience quickly, as all but two of the key returners (15+ matches or post-season experience) are going to be sophomores in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Traci Coleman (sophomore, 1-17 at 113, did not compete in post-season); Christian Lepillian (sophomore, 5-11 at 120, did not compete in post-season); Gabriel Galloza (sophomore, 12-31 at 120, 1 match from regions); Jonathan Bailey (sophomore, 11-10 at 126, 1 match from regions); Cedric Diaz (junior, 22-22 at 132, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Hayden Yanni (sophomore, 13-23 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Darius Stanley (senior, 17-10 at 285, district 4th, region 3rd, 0-2 at states).

Graduation losses from this year’s team (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience): Christian Rios (13-16 at 152, district 3rd, 2-2 at regions); Tracey Beshara (48-12 at 170, district champ, region 4th, 0-2 at states).

2017-18 MVP: 2018 graduate Tracey Beshara was among the area’s better 170s throughout the season, but, like a lot of his teammates, even Beshara took his lumps at the Keystone Invitational, going 4-3 at that tournament. But, from there, Beshara came back to his usual high level of form, winning nine of his next 10 matches at Preudhomme Duals and 2A-District 4 duals before falling to the eventual 3A state champ at the weight. After that loss, Beshara won 20 straight matches — 18 of those by fall — en route to a 7-1 St Johns River Conference tournament performance, 5-0 at the Midway 6-Way, and more. Beshara went on to finish third at Flagler Rotary and also at Clay Rotary, then pinned his way through the 2A-District 4 traditional tournament. At Region 1, Beshara took two losses by a combined total of five points, to the same wrestler, but punched his ticket with four bonus-point wins to states, facing the eventual 2A state champion in the first round in Kissimmee.

2018-19 captain: We did not see a lot of Darius Stanley until midway in January, as his only December wrestling was contested at 2A-District 4 duals. When he joined the lineup full-time at the Orange Park quad, Stanley won five matches in a row before a 2-2 appearance at Flagler Rotary. Stanley had a rare path to the state tournament, finishing fourth at districts — losing to a wrestler he’d beaten earlier in the day — but then coming back to finish third at regions after losing in the first round at Chiles, scoring maximum points en route to a five-wins-on-the-backside route to states. Stanley was 0-2 in Kissimmee, but perhaps a full season will benefit him greatly, as his states experience will be invaluable for the returning Yellow Jackets in 2018-19.

Heaton’s Hero: From the start of the season to its end, Gabriel Galloza was a fixture at either 120 or 126 for St. Augustine this year, missing just one event for the Yellow Jackets. It was a tough slog for him, with a 1-8 start at Keystone (1 contested win), 19 losses through December (all but two by fall). Galloza would get a little more on the winning side of things in January, with two wins at Midway, two in the St. Augustine city quad, a win at Orange Park and one win at the Clay Rotary. He was knocked out of the post-season at 2A-District 4 traditional districts, but battled into the third period in the blood round. For battling his way through the season, Gabriel Galloza is the Heaton’s Hero for St. Augustine.

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The Season 2017-18: Baker County

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This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry (our own Lady Matmen is making the random selections the rest of the way), our next installment in the series is Baker County, just the second team out of 1A-District 3. I get the feeling down the stretch could be quite a few 1A-3s and 2A-3s.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals in May or June.

BAKER COUNTY

You can see everything I have on the Wildcats in 2017-18 here –>  BAKER COUNTY

Win/loss record: 4-6 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Wildcats’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Baker County picked up half of its duals that it wrestled this past season on the first Saturday of December, going 2-3 at the North Florida Duals, hosted by Bishop Snyder, with a very short-handed side due to the Wildcats state-final football run. After a dual loss to Westside on the 14th, Baker County was off for the rest of December, returning to the mats on January 6 with a few of its bigs back for the inaugural 1A-District 3 duals tournament. From there, it was another three weeks off the mats for the Wildcats, but they used the time to generate a solid fifth-place finish at Yulee’s Battle on the Border in the final weekend of January, as well as a shutout dual win to close out that component of the season. Baker County then had participation in the Florida girls’ state tournament at Dr Phillips the first weekend of February and won the Westside Roundrobin that same weekend. The Wildcats were in the middle of the pack at the 1A-District 3 traditional tournament (fourth out of eight teams) and Region 1 tournament (16th out of 29), with one state qualifier. Baker County will lose four talented seniors to graduation, but do have a few kids coming back. Those returners will have to make up the backbone of the Wildcats in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Brianna Thornton (junior, 3-11 at 106, 1 match from regions); Aaron Norman (sophomore, 2-8 at 113, 1 match from regions); David Jackson (junior, 11-8 at 120, 1 match from regions); James Knabb (junior, 12-6 at 145, district champ, 0-2 at regions); Josh Ossmann (senior, 11-8 at 195, district 4th, did not compete at regions); Jaqrez Elliott (junior, 7-5 at 285, 1 match from regions).

Graduation losses from this year’s team (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience): Jordan Johnson (21-5 at 132, district champ, region runnerup, 1-2 at states); Devon Cole (15-9 at 138, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); James Barnett (11-10 at 170, district 3rd, 1-2 at regions); Blake Dicks (13-3 at 220, district champ, 1-2 at regions).

2017-18 MVP: 2018 graduate Jordan Johnson had been quietly building quite a solid resume over the previous three years, and this year Johnson finally pulled together a district championship — no easy thing to do with Clay in the district — and state-tournament appearance. After an early loss at North Florida Duals, Johnson won seven matches in a row, then, after a semifinal loss at Battle of the Border, he would go on to take 10 more wins in a row, with titles at Westside as well as at districts — also at Westside, plus three region victories as well. Johnson would go on to give the Wildcats some scoreboard activity at states, with a consi-round 1 victory, and all three of his matches went a full six minutes on Friday at states.

2018-19 captain: Sophomore James Knabb started the year at 132, competing at that weight at North Florida Duals, but then was out of the lineup until the end of January, at a new weight of 145, where he competed at Battle of the Border. He was at 138 for the Westside Roundrobin, finishing second to teammate Devon Cole in that event, but then bounced back up to 145 for districts, where one dominating tech fall victory was enough to bring him a district title. Knabb did struggle at regions, to be sure, but the experience of winning districts will be invaluable to the Wildcat fortunes in 2018-19.

Heaton’s Hero: Not too many wrestlers compete in both the girls’ state tournament and the FHSAA post-season, but sophomore Brianna Thornton competed in both for the second time in as many seasons for Baker County, picking up a win by fall in the consolation rounds at Dr Phillips. That was just one of three wins that I have Thornton winning, all by fall, with every one of her matches ending in pins. But the only event she didn’t participate in was the 1A-District 3 duals tournament, and, of course, the roundrobin at Westside, while she was at girls’ state. For being a part of the Wildcat lineup at nearly every opportunity, and completing the post-season double, Brianna Thornton is the Heaton’s Hero for Baker County.

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The Season 2017-18: Ponte Vedra

Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2017-18).” Your donation dollars at work, folks.

This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry (our own Lady Matmen is making the random selections the rest of the way), our next installment in the series is Ponte Vedra, the fourth of seven teams in 2A-District 4.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals in May or June.

PONTE VEDRA

You can see everything I have on the Sharks in 2017-18 here –>  PONTE VEDRA

Win/loss record: 11-7 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Sharks’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Ponte Vedra kicked off the season with a November dual loss on the road at Bishop Kenny, but the Sharks used the experience to get a solid leg up at Terry Parker’s Arlington Optimist Invitational, finishing second in that 10-team event on the first Saturday of December. The Sharks had one other December event on the calendar, going 2-3 at Fletcher’s Preudhomme Duals on December 9. After the holiday break, Ponte Vedra took sixth at Episcopal’s Rob Bierbaum Invitational on January 6, then engaged in its first two-day event of the season, with a 6-2 effort at Terry Parker’s Army Duals on the 12th and 13th. After a pair of dual wins over Episcopal and St. Augustine, the Sharks finished ninth at Yulee’s Battle on the Border on the final weekend of the month, closing out January with a tight loss to Bolles. Ponte Vedra took some lumps at Clay’s Rotary tournament and to Nease in the regular-season finale on February 7. The Sharks were sixth at 2A-District 4 and finished 26th at the Region 1 tournament, with no state qualifiers. The Sharks will return most of their team in 2018-19, with just one senior graduating.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Gavin Riccobono (senior, 23-5 at 113, did not compete in post-season); Preston Turner (senior, 25-11 at 120, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Rett Maritato (sophomore, 25-13 at 126, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Alex DeAlmeida (junior, 17-14 at 132, 1 match from regions); John Whitley (sophomore, 4-12 at 138, did not compete in post-season); Ethan Baur (junior, 18-14 at 152, 1 match from regions); Troy Maritato (senior, 20-11 at 170, 1 match from regions); Zander Laurin (sophomore, 5-12 at 182, 1 match from regions).

Graduation losses from this year’s team (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience): Evan Merry (25-10 at 145, 1 match from regions).

2017-18 MVP: Without question in my mind, Gavin Riccobono was Ponte Vedra’s most solid wrestler from start-to-finish, although he did not compete in the post-season. Riccobono took an early loss at Preudhomme Duals, but then won six matches in a row between that event and Bierbaum, winning 12 matches in a row after taking a loss in the Bierbaum final. That included an 8-0 performance at Army Duals and a finals appearance at Battle on the Border, where the same wrestler — a fellow MVP — that beat Riccobono at Bierbaum also won at Yulee. Riccobono had a 2-2 performance at Clay Rotary, with one of the cleaner records on the Sharks’ roster (only one loss that didn’t go a full six minutes). He should be on most lists to be favored as a state qualifier contender next season.

2018-19 captain: Over the course of the past two years, Preston Turner has emerged as a quietly capable wrestler, picking up 25 wins in his junior season for the Sharks, a number which shared team-leading honors in that regard. Turner won six matches in a row behind a 5-0 effort at Preudhomme Duals, where he was a stalwart for Ponte Vedra. Turner added another six-match win streak that began at Army Duals and continued into Battle on the Border, starting another mini-streak of four wins at Yulee after he lost to the eventual champion of the weight class. The post-season didn’t go the way Turner would have hoped, with a fourth at districts and Friday exit at regions, but the wins he piled up in the regular season could catapult him into being a contender for states in 2018-19.

Heaton’s Hero: As I may have mentioned a time or two in these summaries, it’s a tall order to be an inexperienced freshman in the upper weights, and that was the case for Shark freshman Zander Laurin, who got his first experience with varsity wrestling at the Preudhomme Duals, facing a three-time state placewinner and the county’s best wrestler in his very first match. Welcome to the big leagues. Laurin did pick up three contested victories over the course of the season — one of those over an eventual region qualifier — but every one of his matches, with one exception, did end in a fall. And being on the losing end of falls was how Laurin’s season came to an end, but he put in appearances at three of Ponte Vedra’s bigger events of the year, finishing in the post-season. For sticking with it, Zander Laurin is the Heaton’s Hero for Ponte Vedra.

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#NextLevel18-19: Ridgeview’s Ejmali Makes Fifteen

Ejmali

Ridgeview senior Saeid Ejmali (center) strikes a pose with Ridgeview assistant coaches Bart Rodriquez (left) and William Saunders (right) Thursday during the Ridgeview HS signing ceremony held at school. Ejmali has signed his national letter of intent to attend and wrestle for Huntingdon College starting in the 2018-19 academic year (Photo submitted by William Saunders via Facebook).

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The Season 2017-18: Wakulla

Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2017-18).” Your donation dollars at work, folks.

This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry (our future Lady Matmen is making the random selections, from Flagler Palm Coast forward), our next installment in the series is staying in 1A-District 2, with Wakulla. The War Eagles are our fourth team out of the district to be completed.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals later this month or in June.

WAKULLA

You can see everything I have on the War Eagles in 2017-18 here –>  WAKULLA

Win/loss record: 23-1 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the War Eagles’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: The northwest’s strongest team certainly by season’s end if not in actual fact all year, the War Eagles began the season with a fourth-place team finish at South Walton’s Border Wars on the first weekend of December, and followed that up with a fifth at Capital City Classic nearer to home on the second weekend. Wakulla had its first duals experience at Yulee Duals on the third weekend of the month, rolling to an 8-0 start that became 16-0 after another eight wins at Ft Walton Beach’s Beast of the Beach just before Christmas. First up in January for the War Eagles was the inaugural 1A-District 2 duals tournament, with two wins there, followed by another two in the quarters and semis rounds of the 1A-Region 1 duals tourney. Wakulla kept up the winning with a title effort at the Trojan Invitational on January 13, but then incurred its only dual loss of the year at the 1A-Region 1 final, staged at Osecola HS in Kissimmee, on January 19. Undeterred, the War Eagles got back to work, with a solid doubling up of Lincoln on January 24, then a fifth-place finish at the Flagler Rotary to close out January. The War Eagles won their own IBT and closed out the regular season with dual wins over Ridgeview and Chiles on February 7, taking the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament title and finishing second at 1A-Region 1. Wakulla finished up the year with a 16th-place team finish — good for the top 25% — at states. The War Eagles lose just three seniors from this year’s team and has 15 returners back with 15 or more matches wrestled last season, including a very large chunk of their most successful kids, so if it can sort out who goes where, Wakulla should be the team to beat in the northwest once again in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Jackson Merrick (sophomore, 20-19 at 106, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); George Hernandez (sophomore, 10-10 at 106, did not compete in post-season); Raymond Hatchman (sophomore, 29-19 at 113, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions); Matthew Owen (junior, 45-17 at 120, district champ, region 3rd, state 6th); Blake Reeves (junior, 12-6 at 126, did not compete in post-season); Charlie Owens (senior, 18-12 at 132, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Jackson Osteen (sophomore, 11-13 at 145/152, did not compete in post-season); Chase Roberts (junior, 29-19 at 145, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Noah Wilson (junior, 37-9 at 152, district runnerup, 1 match from states); Cole Baggett (sophomore, 16-18 at 160, district runnerup, 1-2 at regions); Trevor Hart (junior, 31-14 at 170, district champ, region 3rd, 0-2 at states); Andrew Annand (senior, 40-16 at 182, district runnerup, region runnerup, 0-2 at states); John Trevor Hinsey (junior, 43-11 at 195, district champ, region 3rd, 1-2 at states); Ronnie Thomas (senior, 20-9 at 195/220, did not compete in post-season); Darius Wilkins (senior, 53-5 at 285, district champ, region runnerup, 1 match short of state medal).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Micah Lanier (42-11 at 138, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Ethan Brown (26-7 at 220, did not compete in post-season); Chayton Bussey (15-8 at 220, district champ, region 4th, 1-2 at states).

2017-18 MVP: How do you win 50+ matches almost quietly? Just ask Darius Wilkins, who probably flew under the radar during the course of this season after making a massive splash with his all-America performance at NHSCA Sophomore Nationals in the summer of 2017. That splash continued at Border Wars, where Wilkins pinned his way through the tournament. He would win his first nine matches and 38 of his first 39, with the only loss coming to the eventual 1A state champion. Wilkins was 8-0 at Yulee and at Beast of the Beach, and he pinned his way through the Trojan Invitational. He would take his second loss of the year at Flagler Rotary, to the 2A state finalist, and that would be it for losses until the 1A-Region 1 finals, with Wakulla and 1A-District 2 titles along the way. Wilkins went 5-2 with the eventual state champion in that Region 1 final, and then took two losses at states by a combined total of three points, with two pins besides, in a very deep 285-pound field. He’ll be among the contenders for a 1A state championship, no question about it, in 2018-19, and that certainly won’t happen quietly.

2018-19 captain: The deepest run of all the runs that the War Eagles had this past post-season belonged to Matthew Owen, and it came after a slow start and slow regular-season finish, but a torrid midseason and solid post-season push. Owen started 4-3 at Border Wars, with losses to a very solid Louisiana wrestler and two Florida placers. But from there, Owen would win 18 of his next 19 matches. That would include a runnerup effort at Capital City, an 8-0 performance at Yulee Duals, and 7-1 effort at Beast of the Beach. Owen would take a few lumps in mid-January, but won five of six matches at Flagler Rotary to wind up placing there, and then won nine matches in a row to take both Wakulla and 1A-District 2 titles, losing only to a 1A finalist in the semis at the Region 1 tournament. Owen had two very solid wins and two close matches in the consis and medal round in finishing sixth at states, and will be a rallying point for the many juniors in the lineup. There are a lot of kids who carry themselves and wrestle at captain-level for Wakulla, but picking just one means picking Owen out.

Heaton’s Hero: It’s not often that a wrestler that’s won 75 percent of his matches in the past year gets the nomination for this award, nor does it happen often that a senior gets the award. But when Ethan Brown learned that he would not be participating in the post-season and that another senior had beaten him out for the varsity spot at 220, Brown set to work not by sulking, but by making his teammates better, by serving as an assistant coach, doing whatever the coaching staff required, and learning about what it takes to coach the sport. Would that more kids would do this. When I learned about this — as it was happening, as the Wakulla delegation was leaving the region tournament — it was pretty much a slam dunk that Ethan Brown would be the Heaton’s Hero for Wakulla.

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The Season 2017-18: Godby

Welcome back to our annual series of season wrap-up posts, which we cleverly titled as “The Season (2017-18).” Your donation dollars at work, folks.

This year, we’re not following a rotation scheme. We’re keeping it a bit more random this go-round. Using a highly scientific line of inquiry (our future Lady Matmen is making the random selections, from Flagler Palm Coast forward), our next installment in the series is Godby. The Cougars are our third team out of 1A-District 2 to be completed.

Each The Season post will have the same content as they’ve had for the past four seasons. At the request of a reader last season, we will note the accomplishments of each team’s senior class that will be moving on to new goals in May or June.

GODBY

You can see everything I have on the Cougars in 2017-18 here –>  GODBY

Win/loss record: 2-9 in dual meets. Please review the attached document for a summary of the Cougars’ performance in IBT events.

Season in a nutshell: Godby opened the 2017-18 season with a roundrobin appearance at the Cam Brown Seminole Classic the first weekend of December, finishing seventh out of 10 teams, and then — with a young lineup in hand — finished 23rd at the Capital City Classic the second weekend. That was it for the Cougars in December; January saw Godby open with the Billy Saylor Invitational, hosted by Suwannee, on January 6, where the Cougars were ninth out of 12 teams. The following weekend, Godby was 14th at the Trojan Invitational, out of 17 teams. It wasn’t until mid-January that the Cougars had their first dual, and one of their two victories, with a narrow win over crosstown rival Leon on the 18th. The Cougars then were 1-9 at the North Bay Haven Bash, one of the few teams to get 10 full duals on the weekend. Godby closed out the regular season with a T-14th finish at the Wakulla IBT on the first weekend of February, then finished fourth at the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament. The Cougars’ best tournament of the year might have been at Region 1, where Godby was 18th in the 29-team field, with one state qualifier. The Cougars will lose three seniors, but if they can find some lowers, they might be fairly competitive in 2018-19.

Key returners (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) for 2018-19 (with year in school as they’ll be next year): Nigel Brown (sophomore, 4-27 at 132, district 4th, 1-2 at regions); Treyvon Fennell (senior, 3-16 at 138, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Michael Linehan (junior, 4-13 at 138, did not compete in post-season); Madison Melton (junior, 3-14 at 145, district 4th, did not compete at regions); Blake Goins (senior, 8-12 at 170, district 3rd, did not compete at regions); Julian Green (sophomore, 6-13 at 170/182, did not compete in post-season); JaTyren Walker (senior, 18-10 at 195, district runnerup, region 4th, 0-2 at states); Ryan Kirby (senior, 18-12 at 220, district runnerup, 0-2 at regions); Javon Solomon (senior, 14-6 at 285, district 3rd, 1 match from states); Joshua Yarborough (junior, 13-5 at 285, did not compete in post-season).

Graduation losses (15+ matches this past season or post-season experience) from this year’s team: Naomy Vega (1-14 at 126, district 4th, 0-2 at regions); Quentavius Smith (0-4 at 152, district 4th, did not compete at regions); Keoni Brown (7-11 at 182, district runnerup, 2-2 at regions).

2017-18 MVP: We didn’t see JaTyren Walker in the Godby lineup until the first weekend of January, at Suwannee’s Billy Saylor Invitational, where he was second only to a larger teammate while bumped up at 220. He was at his natural weight, 195, for the rest of the year, starting at Lincoln’s Trojan Invitational, where he was fourth. Walker then won 10 his next 11 matches, going 9-1 at the North Bay Haven Bash (his only loss by just one point), and finishing second at both the Wakulla IBT and the 1A-District 2 traditional tournament. Walker reached the semifinals at Region 1, punching his ticket for states with a tight 3-2 victory in the blood round. He had a quick trip to Kissimmee, going 0-2, but it was a great way to end what was a very quick season.

2018-19 captain: Unlike Walker, Ryan Kirby started the year in the lineup for the Cougars, taking a title at Cam Brown and winning seven of his first eight matches. Kirby had another run of victories in January, winning eight of nine matches between North Bay Haven Bash and Wakulla before losing his final five. Kirby took a fifth at Capital City, was one match short of placing at Trojan Invitational and was fourth at Wakulla before finishing as the runnerup at 1A-District 2. He’ll want to close out his senior year on a better note in 2018-19, and should be an effective leader for the Cougars.

Heaton’s Hero: Freshman Nigel Brown had a very tough introduction to high school wrestling, competing at 132 throughout the year for the Cougars. Brown started off with losses in his first 15 matches, at least 14 of those coming by fall (the 15th wasn’t noted on the Trojan brackets). Brown got his first win in the Leon dual, by forfeit, and that would be how the rest of his four wins would arrive, two of those against Rutherford at the North Bay Haven Bash. There wouldn’t be a win at districts, but Brown still moved on, even contributing to his team’s overall point total at region. Brown started the season and finished the season in the lineup for the Cougars, and for that, Nigel Brown is the Heaton’s Hero for Godby.

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